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AT&T's CEO works to extend exclusive iPhone deal

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 15 Apr 2009 9:31 User comments (6)

AT&T's CEO works to extend exclusive iPhone deal AT&T is rumored to be negotiating with Apple to extend their agreement to be the US iPhone provider. The carrier's exclusive contract is currently set to expire in 2010. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is hoping to extend it another year.
Although the plan to work with just a single mobile phone provider per country was scrapped by Apple with last year's iPhone 3G launch, that doesn't mean they aren't still interested in such exclusive arrangements.

This appears to be part of AT&T's strategy to concentrate on mobile customers, rather than their traditional landline business. In a recent interview, Stephenson noted "We have 77 million wireless customers and 30 million consumer phone lines," asking "which customer base would you rather work from?"

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6 user comments

115.4.2009 10:12

Hmmm, however AT&T Wireless has been a business separate entity since 2002 though.

215.4.2009 10:50

say it aint so

315.4.2009 21:34

it just seems stupid. since apple them selves are money mongering whores in the first place why not make the phone avaliable on more networks. at least the top three in the US which would be Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.

415.4.2009 23:24

Yes, it sure would be nice if the iPhone wasn't being monopolized by a single carrier. I sure would like to use it, but I don't want to have to switch to AT&T (or T-mobile, not available in my area) for it.

Question for iPhone owners:

Can you somehow sync with MS Outlook?

516.4.2009 8:00

Yes I have all of my Outlook emails forwarded to my iPhone.

616.4.2009 16:12

Quote:
We have 77 million wireless customers and 30 million consumer phone lines," asking "which customer base would you rather work from?"
The cheapest one.

Idiots.

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